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IT Management, Security, Compliance for Regulated Firms

Self-Service Purchase Option for Microsoft Power Platform Apps Starts Jan. 14, 2020, Poses Compliance Risk

Jan 6, 2020 2:00:52 PM / by Eric Benda, CEO posted in Microsoft Power Platform, PowerShell Modules, Compliance Risk

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New PowerShell Module Can Block This Option, Prevent “Shadow IT;” Act Now

Around mid-October, 2019, Microsoft announced that as of November 19th it would make its Power Platform applications Power BI, Power Apps and Flow – available for self-service purchase by business users in the US. The announcement was met by solid pushback from both in-house and outsourced IT support pros who recognized that this move could cause what would amount to a “shadow IT” layer within companies and – of particular importance to our regulated customers – serious compliance problems.

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A Complete Guide to Using Backupify to Help Ensure Business Continuity

Jan 2, 2020 1:18:05 PM / by Liege Payne, Director of Sales & Business Development posted in Business Continuity, DATTO, Backupify, Backup Solutions

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Free eBook: Defending Your Office 365 Data: Five Threats That Microsoft Can’t Defend Against, But You Can

Recently, our business continuity and backup (via its Backupify) solutions partner Datto was a presenter at a cyber security conference where there was also a demo by Kevin Mitnick. Kevin is one of the world's best-known hackers – formerly a notorious and most-wanted hacker and now on the “white hat” side of the business as the “Chief Hacking Officer” at our cyber security solutions partner KnowBe4.

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Get This Free eBook: “Financial Services Firm? Add Business Continuity to your Bottom Line”

Dec 10, 2019 12:40:47 PM / by Eric Benda, CEO posted in Disaster Recovery, Business Continuity, DATTO

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Why Every Investment and Advisory Firm Must Have an Up-to-date Business Continuity Plan

We recently presented a webinar, “What You Need to Know About Backup and Continuity.” Now we’re offering an informative eBook that focuses on the “why” of business continuity planning – as it relates specifically to regulated firms. We’re presenting, “Financial Services Firm? Add Business Continuity to your Bottom Line” as a complimentary download in collaboration with our business continuity solutions partner, DATTO.

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SIM Swapping: A New Cyber Attack via Your Mobile Phone

Dec 4, 2019 11:03:29 AM / by Eric Benda, CEO posted in Mobile Device Management (MDM), cybersecurity, SIM Swap Attack, SIM Swapping, SIM Swap

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Don’t Use Your Cell for 2FA – And Other Precautions

We’re not kidding when we say that cyber threats are evolving at a crazy, rapid clip. In this post we’ll tell you about a relatively recent one called SIM Swapping that is quite troubling.

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Recent NY SHIELD Act Beefs Up Cyber Security for State Citizens

Nov 26, 2019 8:30:00 AM / by Liege Payne, Director of Sales & Business Development posted in Security, cyber security, legislature

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What Businesses Everywhere Should Know About New NY Data Protection Law Compliance

New York state recently enacted a robust amendment to existing NY data protection law. Known as the NY SHIELD Security Act (Senate Bill S5575B), it applies to any company that has access to or stores personal or private customer or employee data of New York residents. By the way, SHIELD is an acronym for Stop Hacks and Improve Electronic Data.

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Windows Autopilot Provides Improved Out-of-box Experience for Users

Nov 1, 2019 3:10:41 PM / by Eric Benda, CEO posted in Microsoft Security, Windows Autopilot, Device Configuration

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Automated Device Configuration Solution Also Creates IT Department Efficiencies

One-by-one. One-at-a-time. That’s how we as an IT support outsource, as well as in-house IT departments have always configured new devices for company employees – or reconfigured devices for re-use by another employee. The result of manual device configuration has been a delay in getting new technology into the hands of employees – thus a delay in the potential productivity it adds.

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Disinformation Campaigns Not Limited to Politics; Businesses Beware

Oct 28, 2019 8:45:00 AM / by Liege Payne, Director of Sales & Business Development posted in cyber security, Disinformation Campaign, Fake News Sites

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‘Fake News’ Sites, Troll and Other Attacks Can Trash Reputations, Manipulate Stock Prices, More

Lately, not a day goes by when we don’t hear or see a reference to ‘Fake News’ – generally related to politics. We read about Russian, Irani and Chinese bots, trolls and ‘fake news’ sites spreading disinformation in efforts to influence elections and otherwise disrupt nation states. As unsettling as this truth of modern life may be, it’s equally disturbing that the same disinformation campaign tactics are being applied to the business community.

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Password Security: New Rules, New Threats

Oct 1, 2019 10:16:53 AM / by Eric Benda, CEO posted in Security, cyber security, Password Security

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Is There Such a Thing as a Secure Password?

October is Cyber Security Awareness Month – and we're glad that the subject gets this type of notice. This post is part of our ongoing effort to keep cyber security top of mind year-round.

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Is Your Company Prepared for Cyber Warfare? It’s Here and There Are No Rules!

Aug 27, 2019 1:42:04 PM / by Eric Benda, CEO posted in Security, cyber security, Cyber Warfare

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Why Cyber Warfare Should Be on Your Security Radar Screen

Here on the Next Level Network Blog, we’ve talked about many and varied cyber threats from online crooks out to separate you from your money or to access data that can help them steal from others. When a cyber attack comes from a nation state actor, however, the motivation is far different. Then it’s cyber warfare, intended to disrupt political and other systems in order to weaken or destroy another government. Cyber warfare isn’t a thing of the future. It’s here now. The time is now to talk about cyber warfare and security for your business.

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Announcing a New eBook: 16 Essential Tips for Successful Technology Relocation

Aug 1, 2019 9:00:00 AM / by Eric Benda, CEO posted in Business Continuity Plan, Office Move, IT Relocation, Business Continuity

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Business Continuity Management When You Move Offices; Download for Free

Lately, we’ve been helping at least one company per week with technology relocation as they move offices. Most, in line with some recent studies, are moving to accommodate growth. In fact, we are one of the companies we moved just a couple of weeks ago to accommodate our own growth. So, office technology relocation is top of mind for us in more ways than one.

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